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Dahari Square is located in Panau City in the Residential District and is named after the fifth leader of Panau Revolution, Dahari Panay. It is the city's largest square and its
Dahari Square

Dahiri Square

contains a statue of Tun Halim Shah Panay (leader of first panau revolutionary war) and other leader of panau revolutionary, with large avenue around it. The sqaure is the venue of the annaul Independence Day Prade, and was the centre of the July 2009 anti-government protests that were met with a brutal government crackdown. Later that year Pandak Panay ordered the square to be shut off to the public in order to prevent such mass gatherings. However, two month after huge crowds broke through the barracades and the police were unable to retain control. Today it is considerd to be the most important political site in Panau because of its role in bringing down many rulers including the Dutch and British.

History

It was established during the cosntruction of Panau City by Dutch settlers under the name 'De Rode Square' in the early 16th century, and was originaly used as a market selling everyday items. By the mid 16th century, during the peroid of British control, it was renamed as 'Elizabeth Square' where missionaries and troops often held gatherings and parades to show off their costumes to the natives. However, in the years of the third independence wars led by Hasan Panay (Dahari Panay father), mass demonstrations took place demanding to end with British rule, and it is where the 'The 1908 New London Massacare' took place when British troops openend fire at unarmed revolutionaries. When Dahari Panay declared Panau independence in 1957 thousands of Panauan took to the square in celebration, and it was renamed to 'Dahari Square' in 1972.

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